On the telephone. Saved me from having to take a day off for nothing.
I locked myself in a bathroom for the interview. Not the best environment, but there is no other private spot.
I was offered this rare interview because a friend put a word in for me at the insurance company where he works. They were looking for nurse case managers for accident claims.
So I described my job as similar to case management, which it is. It can be a lot of things, but this company needed to hear about my case management experience, so that is what I highlighted.
The deal breaker was this question: "So why did you pick our insurance company to work for?"
Umm, my friend arranged for this telephone interview and that is how I "picked" you. But I could not answer like that. So I said I was looking for a more professional environment to expand my skills and that my friend said the atmosphere of this insurance company was what I was looking for.
Not good enough. The interviewer, who was not a nurse by the way, wanted to know why I chose this particular insurance company over the other insurance companies in the state.
I didn't have a better answer. I don't know how any of them treat their employees. They probably all pay around the same amount and provide the same crappy health insurance. There aren't a lot of choices for job seekers. Most applications fall into a black hole. Every insurance company in the state does not call me to interview. Actually, this was the first ever.
At least the company sent a follow-up email stating that I did not get the job.